How do I create a website (for free) that showcases music?
I want to help out my cousin who is a singer and musician create a website that has samples of her work. I know that WordPress doesn't allow for video or audio uploads. Do you have any suggestions on what would be a good way to create it for her? Thanks!
You are wrong, wordpress allow anything.
You simply need to install the right plugin to upload audio and video.
Take a look here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/ and search for "video upload"
I'm going to give you an option of giving you another option. Wordpress, as Remy said, does allow uploads. The other option is to learn HTML/CSS and build a site yourself.
What I would expand upon here is your requirement to build one for free. Wordpress and HTML do require an actual website so you'll need a domain name and hosting which do both cost money. A Wordpress hosted site i.e. mysite.wordpress.com will not allow you to upload unless you upgrade to a premium membership option.
You may also want to look into using Tumblr. It's very flexible and has an active creative community associated with it. There are lovely custom themes for little or no money.
Word of advice: keep the site as simple as possible - and if your cousin plays gigs, be sure to feature them prominently on the home page - along with MP3 downloads of the her songs. Also - don't launch a web presence for her until you have at least one two good quality photos. Photos are key. Not saying to go hire a professional photog necessarliy, but make sure you put up something good - even if taken with an iPhone.
Be careful with soundcloud.com. They took the recordings from a friend of mine and wanted to charge him to get them back, so it isn't completely free.
MySpace is a good start for musicians, it originally was for everyone until FaceBook came about. MySpace is great for music.
I have a lot of friends who post their music on Youtube. not copy written material, and post this on their FB and twitter. I have done this being a musician and it can get some great play if you do it right.
There are many examples at this time of successful artists that have posted video's on YouTube. The advantage is that YouTube can attain many viewers quickly, where a website will not bring much attention until there is significant and very unique notice first. Good idea to do both. Can't beat live performance video though.
Just as the pictures are often very useful to show something together, sequentially or in some kind of order, as we can do in WordPress but with videos. Thanks to a plugin we can add a video gallery in the sidebar, or even add it to a page or post via a shortcode. It's Youtube Channel Gallery. This plugin is great and free. We just have to get it, install it and activate it as all WordPress plugins. To personalize going to Appearance / Widgets. Drag it to the area you want and can start configuring. In the next image, we dragged the sidebar. You can check my web site pisodoce in the right sidebar I used Youtube Channel Gallery.
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WordPress is a good choice. With the right plugins, it will work great. The only caveat to WordPress is that if you use their free site (yoursite.wordpress.com) they don't allow hosted video or audio. If you buy a domain name or host on GoDaddy or something similar you can add audio and video.
I go with my favourite answer: try wix.com
It's template based and all you need to do is fill in the blanks, upload your own pictures and videos and it's completely free.
You can link to social media sites and you can add keywords.
It's a great and easy way to start off with. Upgrading (once your cousin wants to) is easy enough and doesn't cost a fortune. He can have a free wix domain such as yourname.wix.com or your own domain if you upgrade to one of their packages.
The only thing you can't do is add an online store. However you can add stand alone products such as MP3's, or CD's or DVD's and sell them through the site by adding a Paypal button to the product.
Everything is customisable and easy to use.
That's just my preferred option. Not everybody likes it but you can even build a template completely from scratch without anything on it if you don't like the templates that they provide.
It's a start. Good luck
If you want to build her an individual website, wix.com or weebly.com might be the best free options.
Soundcloud, however, allows for a lot of very convenient features and remarkably easy downloading. It also integrates well into a lot of different platforms. Soundcloud's also a great tool for promotion as there's a social network aspect built in.